New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

Orange County has met orange tier metrics for the second consecutive week, clearing the region to enter into the less-restrictive third tier this week.

The county’s case rate dropped from 3.5 cases per 100,000 residents to 2.8 cases per 100,000 residents this week, maintaining the orange tier’s case rate requirements of less than 4.


The county’s test positivity rate fell from 2.1% to 1.7%, meeting the least restrictive yellow tier’s requirements of less than 2% for the first time.

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In the orange tier, retail stores can operate at full capacity, most other businesses can bump up their indoor capacity, and bars can reopen for outdoor operations.


Large theme parks in the state, like Disneyland, can also reopen at 25% capacity, as opposed to 15% capacity in the red tier.


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